DYERSVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - A baseball business group has completed its purchase of the “Field of Dreams” movie site near Dyersville Iowa, about 25 miles from the Wisconsin border.
Mike and Denise Stillman and their investors’ group “Go the Distance” purchased the 193-acre farm for $3.4 million.
That’s $2 million less than what Don and Becky Lansing originally wanted, when they put the site up for sale.
A real estate firm headed by former Milwaukee Brewers’ pitcher Ken Sanders posted the property over two years ago.
The Lansings created the “Field of Dreams” for the 1989 movie classic which starred Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones – and in the years since, they kept the field just as it was, so visitors could see the site and play baseball there.
The Stillmans had promised to keep the original field intact when they agreed to buy the property.
They plan to set up a 24-field youth baseball-and-softball complex elsewhere on the land, called the All-Star Ballpark Heaven.
Construction will begin this spring, with the first youth tournament games to be played there in 2014.